Exeter - City prepares to increase places

13th August 2010 at 01:00

Primaries and secondaries in Exeter could be extended and new schools built to cater for the city's growing birth rate. New housing developments and a rising birth rate are putting "increasing strain" on school places. This is despite the recent rebuilding of all Exeter's church primary schools and the multi-million-pound PFI redevelopment of all secondary schools.

Devon County Council says there are only 35 spare places in the city's reception classes, and that all five secondary schools will be full by 2020. Overcrowding is most severe on the west side of Exeter, where there is no space to build a new school.

Devon County Council cabinet member Christine Channon is to tour Exeter and meet headteachers to seek a solution.

Of her meeting with other councillors, she said: "We discussed the possible extension of some schools and a number of suggestions were put forward for potential sites for new schools to meet the rising demand for places.

"We are hard-pressed in Exeter for parcels of land where we might build new primary schools - particularly in West Exe.

"Following on from our meeting, I now intend to tour the city with some of the officers responsible for building, admissions and school organisation.

"We will look at the schools in the areas where there is most pressure and view some of the sites that have been raised." km.

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